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No one says it better than our clients. Read about how Edwards Ragan and Associates has helped other businesses and see how we can help you with your own Human Resources needs.

I very much appreciate the fantastic job you do for our Eastman spouses. It makes a world of difference in their ability to settle into the community and to feel a real part of the whole Eastman and community family. Makes my job easier! Thanks so much.

While hosting a "Business Boot Camp" related to customer service some time ago, I called upon the expertise of Dan Ragan. Not only did Dan bring expertise about personality differences, how to improve communication between staff and customers, but also he injected his own brand of creativity by coming dressed in his former Army fatigues and added unique value to the boot camp exercise. Since staff was asked to wear or bring something camouflage each day, Dan fit right in and they appreciated him for doing so and the results of his message were lasting. He's a faceted pro with much to share.

Ms. Shipley,

The dual employment program is a great benefit. Working with Dan Ragan has been a joy. I believe I was an unusual case for Dan, but he persevered and we finally found a great job match. He was diligent in tracking down leads and making sure that we didn't jump into a bad situation. I am now instructing at NE State and am very pleased.

My wife, Jennifer, is pleased as well, since I am here to help with the tasks around the house and keeping the household running when she is out of town traveling with the job.

It was right at one year that I was searching for work here in the Tri-Cities area and commuting back to SC to work during the week. That time in between was very unsettling and stressful but just shows what a challenge it can be in these economic times for relocation. The dual career program is just one of the great relocation benefits offered by Eastman.

Again, I cannot stress how grateful I am at being able to work with Dan in the dual career program.


James R. Peavey

Dear Ms. Shipley:

I wanted to let you know that I finally found a job with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy working as a Water Specialist in the Division of Mined Land Reclamation. I started October 11th and I am very happy with my position. I also wanted to let you know that Dan Ragan was very helpful during the course of my job search. He found this position for me and was supportive throughout the entire process. He communicated very well with me, kept me up to date with any progress and was always easy to get in touch with. My wife, Kristin Porter, and I are very appreciative of the Eastman Dual Career Assistance program.

Thank you very much for the help,

Christopher Best

I worked with Dan during my exit from Pfizer. Dan did a great job of communicating and walking me through the process that ultimately lead to success. Dan is a very honest and ethical person that I enjoyed getting to know and would highly recommend him to those needing the service(s) he provides.

Dan is a highly experienced HR professional. In our co-facilitation of workshops in the past years, I was always thrilled for the participants when he would draw from his rich treasure of real-life stories to further learning in the sometimes difficult HR matters.

Dan is the consummate employment consultant. He is well versed in applicable standards and regulations, and has vast experience in most areas affecting today's employment relationship. He is diligent, intelligent, responsive, and reliable. I have worked with him on a number of projects over the years and highly recommend him.

Dan's introductions to the community and the chambers of commerce gave me a quick introduction into the business community. His on-going communications with prospective employers on an opening and his ever vigilant scouring of websites were all important. I ended up obtaining a PMP certification as he suggested and then charted a slight turn in my career. This put me at exactly the right spot and right time for the company who now employs me.

Dan coached me while searching for my next opportunity. He assisted me in how to search for a suitable position and market myself. The results speak for themselves... I found a great position. Thanks Dan.

Dan is a great guy. I hired Dan for outplacement services and his work was exemplary. I was impressed that he first wanted to learn about me to insure that he knew his client prior to moving forward in the process. Dan offered excellent advice, guidance, and was successful in placing me into a position and company that fit extremely well with my goals. I'd recommend Dan to anyone needing outplacement services or recruiting services.

From the perspective of the employee:

I’ve been recruited by a number of companies across the country, large and small. When considering offers, there were always standards to compare &emdash; salary, benefits, vacation, quality of work, etc. The Spousal Assistance Program offered by Eastman Chemical Company was not a typical "standard" and truly set the offer apart. Both careers are important in my family, and having relocated across country before, we understand the typical pains accompanying a move to a new area and the benefits of having a line of established contact. I truly felt like Eastman was recruiting me as a person not just an employee and considering the well-being of my family with the Spousal Assistance.

From the perspective of the spouse:

Relocating for your spouse is a personal sacrifice for the well-being of the family. Working with Dan has made this process much easier. Having someone in the community that I can work with personally allows my spouse to concentrate on work and me to concentrate on making this my home as well. Although I am just getting started with the program, I am excited to see where it leads and hopeful about the connections I will be able to make as a result of working with Dan.

I have used Dan for two different engagements. He took the time to learn about my management style and the company culture. He then presented candidates that were a fit for the organization and for me. We were successful in filling both openings with candidates provided by Dan Ragan.

Dan is a great backstop to assist in a firm/agency where a full-time Human Resource department is not possible. Although not an attorney, he is a great intermediate resource with whom I have consulted often. I would recommend him without reservation.

Dear Ms. Shipley:

I would like to thank you for connecting me up with Dan Ragan. With his help, I was able to get an offer and accept a job with the law firm of Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout. I wanted to personally send you an email; I know that is kind of an oxymoron, but to thank you for putting us in touch. Dan was extremely helpful in modifying my resume and giving advice in terms of interviews. I actually received two offers this week, which was a great position to be in. I would recommend Dan to anyone else in the future and to Eastman. Thank you again.

Very Truly Yours,

George Samuel

[ To Kathy Shipley ]

Your help and those you enlisted to help us, made our relocation to Kingsport from Texas as smooth and painless as possible. Thank you for all you do to make things go so smoothly.

As you can see I ended up at BAE Systems thanks to Dan. Dans introductions to the community and the chambers of commerce gave me a quick introduction into the business community. His on-going communications with Eastman on an opening and his ever vigilant scouring of websites were all important. I ended up obtaining a PMP certification as he suggested and then charted a slight turn in my career. This put me at exactly the right spot and right time for BAE Systems.

Thanks for your help to make it all happen for Becki and me.

David L. Holmes, PE, PMP


I got a job in Ohio, as a LEAD ANALYST. I sent my resume to 4 companies and I got 4 onsite interviews. I gave it to two companies at a job fair onsite at ATK and I got an onsite interview from one of those. Two of the four called me up the day I entered my resume online. One of the other two took one week to contact me. The other took three weeks to contact me.

Thanks for your help. I could not have done it without a good cover letter and a great resume! My new boss who supplies reliability people to his clients said my resume was the best he ever presented to the client and the onsite interview with the client resulted in a job offer and I accepted.

Bob Bracher, formerly of ATK

Dan has done several HR related projects for us over the years & we have been most happy with his work product.

Dan has worked with Second Harvest for several years. They do wonderful work!

Rhonda Chafin